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>> glenn: ment to is an important night but tomorrow could change everything. feds are buying bonds. we could head to a w eimar moment. don't miss it tomorrow. see you in an hour online at glennbeck.com. live coverage. watch it on fox. have your laptop there. join me all night long. coverage you don't want to miss at glennbeck.com. from new york, good night, from new york, good night, america. captioned by closed captioning services, inc >> bret: good evening. i'm bret baier. this is a fox news alert. no more speculating, no more conjecture. america is deciding today. who should control congress for the next two years. whether to continue the direction set by president obama and his democratic allies or change course. voting places have just closed in most of the counties. in kentucky and indiana. let's get a rundown of what we're learning from the commit polls. martha mccallum is handling
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that for us. good evening. >> good evening. thank you very much. today, fox news has been asking voters across the country, some 13,000 of them how they voted when they went to the polls today and why. before the polls closed in any state, we are starting to get a sense at least of what was on the voters' minds. first up, let's take a look at this question. was your vote sending a message to president obama? here is how the question was worded. has this election in effect been a referendum on president obama's policies? take a look at how this stacks up. 38% of the voters tonight said their congressional vote showed opposition to what the president is doing in washington. 24% say when they went in there and voted today they were showing support for president obama. 36% say the president was not a factor in their vote tonight. so what else is on our minds this evening? of course, the tea party. how strong is it really? take a look at how the numbers stack up. 23% say with the vote tonight they were saying yes. they are supportive of the tea party.
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18% in the middle say they are against what the tea party stands for. 55%, interestingly enough to say it was not a factor when they stepped in the booth and pushed the lever or pushed that button or whatever the case may be this evening. but keeping that in mind, take a look at these very interesting set of numbers. many americans basically are saying that they've had it with the way the federal government is working. that, of course, is a strong sentiments of the tea party. you can take a look at the dissatisfied number at 47%. 26% say they're angry. if you put it together, you are at 73% who are either dissatisfied or angry with the federal government. that's a big number. there is lonely 3% that say they're enthusiastic about how things are going in washington. put that together and some of that anger and dissatisfaction traced to the healthcare law passed by the new congress. let's take a look at how people feel about the healthcare law tonight when they step in there to vote. 4r8%, as you can see. the tallest column we're
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dealing with this evening say they want to repeal the healthcare bill. 31% say just didn't go far enough for them. they would like to see it expanded. only 16% of the voters, this is fascinating, say they like the bill voted on and put in law. only 16%, so that is a major issue on people's minds as well. what about the bush tax cut? and whether they stay in place? voters are saying, 40% of them say they want to keep the bush tax cuts in place. 37%, the middle column here say they keep some of them, for families earning less than $250,000. 15% say let the bush tax cut expire across the board. they're willing to pay the higher taxes that kick in with that. that is the very ebeginning, bret. these are fascinating as we start to get a sense for what the voters are feeling as they go in the booth and how they vote based on the sentiments. we'll be back throughout the evening tonight as we get more of the information in. we'll go to states to get the senate data. the governors races in the individual states to see what is on people's minds.
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back to you. >> bret: very interesting. more with the panel. carl cameron on this later as well. we have fox news correspondents all over the country. anita vogel is in las vegas, covering the senate contest that could make the biggest splash. majority leader harry reid against sharron angle. mike tobin is in bolling green, kentucky. rand paul faces jack conway from the senate. phil keating reports from coral gables, florida, on the senate race and the governors races there. we begin with shannon bream following the west virginia senate race from charleston, tonight. good evening. >> the polls close here in an hour-and-a-half and that will start to give republicans and democrats across the country clues how the rest of the night may go. the democratic nominee joe manchin is popular and he won the last re-election with 70% of the vote. strangely that popularity could work against him. we have encountered many west vans on the campaign trail saying he is going such a great job we don't want him to go to d.c. if he does, he promised to be
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an independent voice in washington and break with president obama when it comes to issues like cap and trade, which has been the hot topic in coal mining country. that hasn't stopped the republican challenger, businessman john raese from repeatedly linking manchin to the democratic establishment. a smart strategy in the state where the president approval rating hovering around 29%. raese has had to fight claims he is a millionaire who lives in florida, only comes to west virginia when he is running for something. raese says he will put his record as a true native and a resident up against anyone. it would be a shock to the political system in west virginia if raese pulled off a win. 28% of voters are registered as republican. it's been more than 50 years since west virginians had a republican senator in washington. now to florida, and phil keating. >> voter turn-out across the state of florida today reported this afternoon as average. not high. that bodes well for republicans. meanwhile, one race promises a
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contentious florida recount. first, historic three-way race for the u.s. senate seat. tea party favorite marco rubio all smiles and confidence this morning as he voted to send himself to washington. republican turned independent governor charlie crist cast his ballot early this morning as well. in st. petersburg promising to thread the need to victory. democratic congressman kendrick meek voted early, not today but he did bring in party star power last night in orlando. former president bill clinton rallied democrats to reject apathy and get to the polls. now to the neck in neck race, that for the governor's office. alex sink and rich scott began today voting for themselves on what is one of the nation's closest races. dead heat. the secretary of state is prepared for a constitutionally required automatic recount. both sink and scott have lawyered up, ready to send lawyers to tallahassee in case it's needed but the secretary promises long gone are the day of chads.
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and any recount this time will be smooth. now to mike tobin in bolling green, kentucky. >> you know, phil, looking at the demeanor of the candidates in kentucky, it's as if they spent too much time reading their own press clippings. rand paul seems to have moved past this stage of the game and is talking about joining a larm path of politicians on the hill. jack conway by contrast seems down in the mouth. almost conciliatory. he pulled a quote from his father saying you can't drive the road of life looking in the rear-view mirror. >> really, this is about us changing washington. not washington changing us. and there already has been talk of that. will washington change the new people or will they change washington? my goal from the outset is to say washington is broken and we have to do something to fix washington. i went out and we laid it out there, we raised money and worked hard. i traveled a lot. i wasn't going to be at work. i don't have any regrets. >> there are two things driving what is expected to be a high voter turn-out in
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kentucky, particularly for a mid-term election. one of those is the tea party eeffect. the other is a bundle of local races; particularly, in louisville where gary everson is stepping down. that is expected to draw out voters in jefferson county. now on to nevada and anita vogel. >> harry reid in the fight of his political career against the tea party favorite sharron angle and a wave of anti-incumbent fever. harry reid spent the last few hours greeting voters and supporters and he told us, he is confident about his get out the vote effort and his ground operation. he even said he believes he might be able to garner republican votes. meanwhile, sharron angle cast her ballot in her hometown of reno. she says reid has forgotten where he came from. for a lot of people, she says he equals big government. >> they do not want a republican party with her brand on it. >> the public loves the constitution. they love freedom.
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and they see me as one of them. >> voters hit the polls early this morning. there were some minor election day glitches reported with the touch screen, but no substantial claims of voter fraud. the polls close at 7:00 p.m. we know the polls were a dead heat and it could be a long night. back to you. >> bret: anita vogel live in las vegas. thank you. thank you to mike, phil and shannon as well. joining us now, talk about the exit polls that martha told us about at the top of the show. carl cameron is here to discuss what we know and perhaps, carl, the theme for the night that we are seeing early. >> there is a lot of anger, a lot directed toward president obama and the agenda. it's not decided with the partisan vote of the primary. now it's about independence. we have been hering that the independents are spewing away from the republicans and
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leaning toward republican candidates. that is what to watch for. the independent registration is high. state like indiana. third, third, third. in new hampshire and new england, 40% of the independent vote. the other aspect is whether or not the tea party movement can generate enough real enthusiasm at margins to put some of the republican candidates over the edge. >> bret: from the early exit polls and we should warn everybody, these are early. youth vote is down. pretty low. african-american turn-out, lower than in 1994. what else are we seeing from those early numbers? >> that suggests the lack of energy from the organizing for america. the organizing wing. republican side, they are looking for a big, big turn-out from folks who were worried about the healthcare reform act and worried what will happen if a climate bill
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will pass and impact jobs. we'll see the next few hours, final wave of voter going to the polls. those who are working, those who are most worried. >> we'll check in throughout the night. thank you, buddy. still ahead, we do another whip-around with three other reporters covering other races around the country. up next, president obama prepares to take a step forward by taking a step back. [ female announcer ] when you save an average of over 50 a year
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and who brings you more natural colors than campbell's condensed soups? campbell's.® it's amazing what soup can do.™ >> bret: president obama scheduled a news conference for wednesday afternoon to talk about the election and his plans to move forward. the president is already seeking to smooth things over with republicans. starting with a walk-back of something he said last week. white house correspondent wendell goler reports on the president's day. >> in keeping with tradition, vice president and president lowered the political volume on election day and focussed
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on encouraging people to vote. mr. obama made clear in youtube broadcast, the change he promised two years ago was on the line. >> today you have a chancto c confy the wisdom that says we can't overcome the special interest and big money. >> hoping to defy the conventional wisdom that democrats will lose control of the house, he's conducting radio issues to rally the base, young people, african-americans and spanish. >> a the latino vote is crucial. >> in the latter case he had to walk back a comment he made last week. >> if latinos sit out the election instead of punishing our enemies and reward our friends. >> enemies, he said was a poor choice of words. >> i probably should have used the word opponent instead of enemies. now the republicans are saying i'm calling them enemies. >> ohio congressman john boehner with his eye on the speaker's post has a third term in mind. >> mr. president, that word isn't "enemies."
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they're patriots. >> nancy pelosi still isn't convinced her job is in jeopardy. >> with the returns and the overwhelming number of democrats coming out, we are on pace to maintain the majority in the house of representatives. but people have to speak. >> while pelosi scolded the president's aide for suggesting it's possible the democrats could lose control of the house, spokesman says mr. obama scheduled a news conference tomorrow to talk about what happens tonight. >> today we get a message from the american people. tomorrow, the president will respond to that. >> tomorrow, at his news conference, reporters will ask the president where he is willing to compromise with the republicans but it's a safe bet, he won't be willing to negotiate through us. instead, he is likely to say the republicans now have a responsibility to offer their own ideas on creating jobs and cutting the budget deficit. and further responsibility to live with america's verdict on the ideas. bret? >> bret: wendell goler live on the north lawn. thank you. the nation's homeownership rate remains at the lowest
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level in more than a decade. the census bureau says percentage of households that own their homes was unchanged from the previous quarter. stocks were up. dow gained 64. s&p 500 finished ahead 9. nasdaq picked up william 29. at least one shot was fired overnight at a coast guard recruiting office in northern virginia. with no injuries reported. the f.b.i. says it's too early to determine if this shooting is related to four others that have targeted military buildings in the d.c. area over the past month. we are learning more about the plot to send mail bombs to the u.s. last week. national correspondent catherine herridge tells us who may have been behind it and what is being done. >> reporter: yemeni officials says the government will prosecute the cleric ayad allawi in absentia, including the charges of murder nationals. he's linked to 9/11 hooiijacker
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and the christmas day bombing. >> we are supportive of the indictment of mr. al-awlaki. >> the homeland security secretary dropped the strongest possible hint authorities believe al-awlaki was behind this plot as well. >> we certainly believe it bears the hallmark of al-awlaki. >> this video from a radical islamic website shows a would-be jihadist how to make a cell phone to remote detonator. we obscured it for security reasons. they to fox there is evidence that both had cell phone detonators linked to the alarm function. they tell fox news they believe al-qaeda in yemen did a dry run for the operation with a package of religious books two months ago. >> there is no doubt that dry runs are part of the modus operandi of al-qaeda. >> he says investigators will scrutinize a dry run to see what the plotters track the package through a shipper's website like this one. it shows it travels by date, time and place. investigative sources say the
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working theory is the bomb picked up in england and dubai were meant to blow up in the u.s. >> i would think they were tying this and perhaps they were able in fact to with some precision track from the package was and consequently wait until wear it got to u.s. air space. >> spokesmen for ups and fedex would not comment directly and one cited the potential to compromise the ongoing investigation. they both emphasize they use multi-layered approach to security and screening. bret? >> bret: thank you. attacks in baghdad killed at least 40 people and wounded hundreds more today. the bombings and motor strikes appear to target the majority shiite population and came two days after gunmen held a church congregation hostage and left 58 dead. still ahead, we'll check in with our reporters covering races from ohio to alaska. up next, governor sarah palin on what to expect tonight. [ female announcer ] will women switch to new caltrate soft chews
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>> bret: there are few people in politics who provoke stronger reaction, positively or negatively than governor sarah palin, the former alaska governor and vice presidential candidate. she joins me to talk about what she expects to see tonight. welcome. >> thank you, bret so. that we're seeing exit polls that there is a strong message that voters, ones talking to the pollsters leaving the polling places are dissatisfied. they want to send a message. if this holds and a lot of tea party candidates head to washington, how will the tea party candidates work with the g.o.p. establishment? how do you think it will work? >> i think now is a time for a
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driver toward unity. i think it will work because there is a common mission here with tea party americans and with the g.o.p. establishment. the desire is for a smaller, smarter government. it is to rein in the government and allow the states more rights and the individuals more right, ultimately resulting in the private sector to grow again. you have the commonality to start with. now it's matter of coming together, the different personalities. there will be a few new sheriffs in town. there could be some, you know, some roughness around the edges when it comes to the team coming together. it's a time for unity after tonight. >> bret: the president is going to hold a news conference tomorrow. if you were giving him advice, what would you tell him? >> he is the one that is going to have to start coming more toward the center of america. toward middle ground instead of saying on that extreme far left that had driven us to where we are today with the government overreach and the overregulation and the talk of more taxes. because tonight, i think we are going to see more message
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sent to him that we don't like that obama-pelosi-reid agenda that has grown government. we want to shrunk it back. >> bret: you said with bill o'reilly last night there isn't a too far right or you don't think it's possible to be too far right. that raised eyebrows as you can imagine. >> i think he was asking me in the context of those who are winners of the primary elections. and the voters in primary elections have sent their chosen one to face their opponent in the general. and none of the candidates whom i met come across to me as being too far right. what is too far right or too extreme with any of the candidates' position when what they're saying is we are taxed enough already and government is not the answer. it's going to be the private sector allowance to grow and to thrive. that is not extreme. not too far right. >> bret: should republican leadership reach across the aisle to the president if he extends a hand. as you see, moves to the
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center a bit. the compromise, would you advise republican leaders to do the same? to reach out? >> i would absolutely advise republicans to reach out to the president. however, he has a track record now. he has shown now over 22 months not having the desire to really work in a bipartisan or non-partisan manner. he is extremely partisan. the republican leaders learned their lesson. they're probably thinking once bitten, twice shy. maybe not being enthused about the idea. certainly for america, to be united and move forward, we'll have to be on unified team here to get the economy roaring again. >> bret: governor palin, we will see you later tonight. thank you. >> thank you, bret. >> bret: when we come back, we will whip around the country again, check in on key races in the northwest and midwest. keep it here. ♪
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the polls don't in alaska for five-and-a-half hours. we are expecting a long night. if it's as close as people anticipate we might not have a winner declared for three weeks. the staffers here say all the candidates trying to get to 30%. lisa murkowski trying to win as a write-in candidate and the first in the u.s. since strom thurmond did it. and after voting today she was asked about the potential for a long legal battle over voters' intent. >> if we have done our job right and get number of alaskans, supporting us, out to vote. filling in the oval, writing in the name correctly, we don't need the lawyers. >> joe miller held the get out the vote rally tonight.
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the republicans have a 2-1 registration advantage over democrats here. the largest single bloc of voters are classified as undeclared and non-partisans and they tend to be conservative independents and the voters that democrat scott mcadams has to have to pull off the inside straight. after tonight, there will be 20,000 absentee votes left to be counted. if it's like the primary, they will decide the race. now to molly lion. >> this one of the closest and hardest fought races in the country for the governor seed in ohio. incumbent governor ted strickland is facing off against republican candidate john kasich, a former congressman arguing his experience as the chair of the house budget committee in the mid-to-late '90s proves he is the right man to tackle the budget crisis. the state is facing a $8 billion shortfall. strickland says he helped solve the state woes and shrunk the government. but in the state, leader by
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the job losses and the double-digit unemployment. president obama has shown more devotion to ohio than any other state making a dozen trips to campaign for democrats. republican candidate portman expects to hold the seat for the g.o.p. there are 18 congressional districts in ohio. ten are held by democrats. g.o.p. hopes for a five-seat pick-up here. if the g.o.p. house victories hold up across the country it's likely that ohio congressman john boehner, the house republican leader will become speaker of the house. we now go to seattle, washington, and william la jeunesse. william? >> molly, the question here in washington state is how high will the g.o.p. tide go? it will crack the democrat stronghold where they control the governor office, the statehouse, majority in congress and both senate seats
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beginning with incumbent patty murray. she came in 1992, the year of the woman. she entered politics as the mom in tennis shoes and is now the senate's fourth most powerful democrat in the tightest race of her career. against the republican dino rossi, two-time failed candidate for governor with near universal name i.d. in the money race, independent groups and the u.s. chamber helped rossi offset murray afternoon. and direct contribution from lawyers, lobbibyist and union. this race is a dead heat. it may depend on turn-out, which the experts say they favor rossi because of the initiatives on the ballot that could attract conservative voters and expect to support a repeal of candy, soda and bottled water tax. provision that may be harder for the lawmakers to raise taxes. proposal to get the state out of the liquor business. and the same conservatives expect to impose a new tax on the high wage earners. polls show many fear the tax will eventually trickle to
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them. this is a mail-in only ballot state. ballots come in today and tonight with a release the results around 11:00. we will have 60% of the vote counted in a tight race that could be several days we'll still be counting. back to you. >> bret: william la jeunesse live in seattle. thank you. thank you to dan and molly as well. we will talk about what we've learned from the exit polls and also the big picture with the expanded all-star panel. that's right after the break. [ manager ] you know... i've been looking at the numbers, and i think our campus
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>> bret: let's take a look now at some of the exit polls we brought you earlier in the show. and talk about with the panel. first question: has this election been in effect a referendum on the president's policies? 38% of voters said their congressional vote today showed their opposition to barack obama. 24% said they were showing support.
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36% said the president was not a factor. another question, many americans have had it with the federal government. 26% said they're angry. 47% dissatisfied. that is nearly three quarters of americans unhappy with the federal government. 21% satisfied. 3% said enthusiastic. a lot of anger and dissatisfaction with the healthcare law passed by democrats as well. what should the new congress do? 48% said repeal it. 31% expand it. 16% said leave it as is. how about this and what we are seeing early? panel, stephen hayes, stand stand. quisten power -- kirsten powers for "new york post." and juan williams, fox news contributor and brit hume of fox news. welcome. brit, we'll start with you. >> the question that you see the answer to in the exit polling is consistent with what we have been seeing in the polling all through this fall. the big question tonight has been whether you are going to have a solid republican night,
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likely takeover of the house, less likely takeover over the senate. the election is about the economy, not much else. the results will reflect that. plus the exit polls. [ inaudible [ inaudible ] >> when they elected barack obama, it was young people. that is down to 9% in the exit polling so far. african-american vote up 13 to 14% of electorate down 10%. the broadly speaking, independents, they've polling all day. double-digit spread. we won't know the answer to this for some kind but we could have a great big republican night that gallup was forecasting yesterday and scott ruse -- scott rasmussen
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is forecasting. >> bret: we have been burned by the exit polling in the past and they're not complete. there are different waves of commit polls as we continue throughout the night. as you look at the numbers, the first race. >> first and foremost if you look at who is turning out to vote, it looks like a good omen for republicans. i will say this as a caution to the viewers. that if you look at the black vote right now, hispanic vote, it's on average with any mid-term election. it's not specific to this one. >> to compare against 2008 would be fair. >> with young people however, it is fair. and there you do see the enthusiasm coming from the younger voters. when you look at the referendum issue on president obama, as you cited as the first poll, it's interesting because you only get 36% saying he was not a factor. and overwhelmingly 38% oppose.
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34% support. if you break it down and go inside the numbers you will find that people who strongly oppose president obama have a higher, strongly want republican takeover of the house. have a stronger aversion to president obama. it's not quite as strong as the aversion to president bush in 2006 when democrats gained control over the war issue but it takes to us the heart and soul of the election. it's becoming a hallmark. the economy. and jobs. and the sense he wasn't doing enough. if you look at the healthcare issue, if you look at the tax issue. it doesn't seem to be driving the voters in the way that jobs are driving the voters. they are making this the referendum on obama that democrats don't want. >> bret: although, nearly three in four voters express dissatisfaction with voters. they say the country is headed in the wrong direction and that's beyond the economy. >> but economy is still the main issue.
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healthcare, 47% say leave it as it is. that's even split on healthcare. if you look at the message for obama, you have 60% saying support or not a factor. for the same thing with bush tax cuts, 52% want to let them expire. it's not showing what i have heard a lot of republicans saying where americans are. it's a lot of dissatisfaction, if what we're seeing on independents is accurate, the white house has a major problem. independents are swinging away in a major way, they tend to care about the economy and care a lot about the deficit. something is going to have to be done about that. they will have to address them. probably the white house is waiting to see before they determine what they will do tomorrow. >> i don't think anybody would dispute the idea, economy is the important backdrop. it's the single most important issue. but you can see that, it's born out with the independents who have expressed opposition to the president.
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you have seen that in the polling on healthcare. i think healthcare, the fact that nearly half of the country wants to repeal healthcare at this point, as indicated in the exit polls is tremendously significant. whether that alone drove them to the poll, i don't think so. it's a bigger question about the big issue that people deal with in politics. the size and scope of government, what is the responszability of the federal government -- responsibility of the federal government. >> bret: dealing with so many candidates across the spectrum of the country. each individual race is different. you see the national trends, but when it comes down to the local races, there could be big differences and surprises out there tonight. >> you bet there could be. we have more than the usual number of senate races. 37, which is higher than the normal, you know, off-year election. all 435 house seats. of course, we're talking about there being 100 house seats in play, give or take. that's less than a fourth of the whole place. it's a big number as it is, it's only a subset of that.
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even so, there is a vast diversion of the races across the country. having said that, i got to say if you get a massive swing in double digits for one party over the other in an election like this, it would filter down to every race in some way, it will result for a big party that is favored. >> bret: if republicans pick up house seats, does it translate to some of the competitive senate races? >> not necessarily. people from what we're seeing in the exit polls so far, seem to be taking a different posture with regard to the local races and their national senate race, the statewide senate races. we don't know how it has played out yet? it seems to indicate you could have a different result there. let me add that where you will see in the local races, good results for democrats, it's where democrats picking um on what brit hume was saying, if they separate themselves out from the national trend and able to say, you know what?
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i've done a good job for you. this is a local race. here is the evidence. and my opposition, the republican is too extreme. that in terms of where the democrats are able to gain traction is the whole ball of wax right now if they have any hope in many of the races given that independents are swinging strongly for republicans. >> bret: panel, stand by. you can vote one more time today. log on to the home page at foxnews.com/specialreport. tell us what most motivated your vote. up next, the president prepares to move forward and walks back a controversial comment.
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if latinos sit out the election and say we're going to punish our enemies and
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reward our friends that stand with us, if they don't see the upsurge in the voting in the election, it will be harder. >> i have a word to describe those people. those people who have the audacity to speak up against the big government. and mr. president, that word isn't enemies. they're patriots. >> i did also say if you are going to punish somebody, punish your enemies. i probably should have used the word opponent instead of enemies. >> the president walking back. that punish your enemies phrase used in the radio interview. now, he is going to hold a news conference on wednesday. what will he say? what does he need to say? we're back with the panel. steve, we don't know the results yet. but he is going to talk tomorrow to reporters? >> if the results are coming in the way most of us expect them to come in, the question is how does the white house spin the unspinable. no way to put a happy face on losing the house and losing the house with the tremendous numbers and making the senate
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even close. the real question is will president obama eat some crow? will he accept responsibility for some of the election results? you saw this when bill clinton gave his post election news conference in 1994. he said i expect responsibility for the election. >> bret: kirsten, you don't think so? >> on this point based on what i heard, the white house does not see this in any way rejection of the president. maybe if it ends up being a spectacular 70-seat things they might reconsider that. at this point, what i've heard is that the obama will come out and say something along the lines of we all need to work together, here are things we need to work on. nothing like what you described or maybe the way bush was in 2006. >> bret: juan, if polls are accurate and people are not grabbing on to republicans saying we are in favor of republicans and yet they're sending a dissatisfaction
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message to the obama administration, isn't it more repudiation and wouldn't the president be more inclined to say i get it? >> i just don't think he gets it. right now, what his aides are saying today is that the president feels that you don't play poker by showing your hand. that you don't say to the opponent, oh, yeah, whatever you guys want, you know, it's okay with me. here is what we stand for and reminder to the base, you're president and have the veto pen. they're not going to repeal healthcare. no extension of tax cuts unless you want to go along. you so the strength in order to begin bargaining process. he has to pick up on the walking back that you mentioned earlier. he has got to say this is not about enemies, because it hurts him with most of the swing voters who value bipartisanship. >> bret: with a swing in independents, that would be interesting take. >> tomorrow is a new day. the president should have, i'll be astonished if he doesn't have a different tone.
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maybe a different message. if he doesn't get it, he needs to act as if he does and say the electorate has spoken and said something distinct and i know what it is and i plan to be responsive to it. if he is wise he will say there are ways in which i can work with the new congress and democrats and republicans alike to get the people's business done. we have major challenges that have to do with spending and the deficit and the national debt we need to attack. these are things we plan to do anyway apparently. and say we ought to go in this together. the public will applaud that and think that's good. the president will make a good step. that's smart way to play it tomorrow. i suspect that is what he will do. >> bret: emboldened, will the republican leader goes, agree? >> interested to hear what sarah palin said to you tonight. if anybody was expected to say no compromising with this guy, not after this election it would have been she. she didn't say that. she said something different.
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no, no, i would encourage the new members of congress to work with the president to get things done for the country. that's what everybody normally says anyway. the reason they normally say it, it makes political sense to say that. that's what everybody will be saying. then we'll get down to cases to see what can be done and things are likely to get rough. >> a little different than more power to the right wing, which is what she was saying earlier. i think john boehner is a compromise deal-making leader if he, in fact, becomes speaker of the house. i think you are going to see the attitude play out. it's just a matter of some of the new people coming in who may be insistent that change be evident in terms of the republican attitude. there you see a fracture among the republicans. but i think boehner is willing to play ball. >> bret: all right. that is it for the panel. stay tuned for final thoughts from charles krauthammer. receiving the bronze star, that was definitely one of my oudest moments. i graduated from west point,
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>> bret: no kicker tonight. this is election night. we have saved the last word for our friend syndicated columnist charles krauthammer in washington, d.c. so, charles, what's on your mind? >> well, i have been thinking about the meaning of this election. one wag said it's not an election, it's a restraining order. i would put it somewhat differently. it's a come upens. it's not just the people who oppose the liberal agenda imposed on them the last two years. they don't like the arrogance with which it has been done. it's not that washington hasn't been sent a message. 10 months ago scott brown wins a smashing victory in massachusetts. promising to go to washington to stop obama care. did the democrats get the message? no. they find a parliamentary moo ma niewfer to ram it through anyway with nancy pelosi saying when it becomes law people will find out what's in it and they will like it. like a parent, feeding medicine to an unruly child. john kerry says the electorate doesn't understand the complexity of the issues. the president says the people are so anxious and scared that
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they literally are unable to think straight. in this atmosphere of supreme condescension, you don't here arguments you here appear tis. you oppose ground zero mosque, you are anti-muslim. you support the tea party, you are a closet racist. well, bret, the american people are proud, clear-eyed and deeply common sense call. they don't like being called names and they don't like being con descended to. this election is the one time they get to do something about it. and to tell the government officials they temporarily hired to get off their high horse. and i suspect that tomorrow when obama speaks, he is going to show a lot of humility. he is not good at that but he will give it a shot because he knows that's one of the strong messages and meanings of this election. >> bret: that was much better than the kicker. charles, thank you. >> okay. >> b
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